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Basque Bread

What the heck is Basque Bread?!

My husband’s family use to own a sheep ranch.  John’s grandpa and grandma hired Basque sheep herders to help with the flock.  My mother in-law boasted about their cooking.  She said there were a few things outside of herding sheep that the Basques were good at: Cooking in their sheep camp, and drinking wine.  A condition when hiring these folks was that part of their pay be in wine, Vino Fino to be exact. So, the drink was bought by the barrel  and siphoned into gallon jugs.  Since I don’t know how to make Vino Fino, (I hear it tastes like straight vinegar anyway) I will give you a delicious bread recipe instead 😉

This is a relatively simple recipe that does not require:

*Bread Pans

*Eggs

*Three hours to make

Ingredients: Flour, salt, sugar, evaporated milk, water, yeast

Instructions: In a large bowl add 5 cups of flour, 2 TB salt, and 4 TB sugar.  Whisk dry ingredients.  In a separate bowl mix 4 cups of warm water, and 3 TB evaporated milk. (I’ve used regular milk, but it doesn’t turn out as good.  I can give you a killer hot fudge sauce to use the rest of your canned milk later!) Add to the dry ingredients and whisk until smooth. Mix together 1 cup of flour and 2 TB dry active yeast.  Add to the large bowl mixture and stir well.  Let set for 5 minutes.  Slowly add approximately 3-4 cups more flour. Stir well the turn out on floured surface to knead the last cup of flour into the dough. This is approximately 10 cups of flour!  Grease a large pot, or I like to use a Dutch Oven, with shortening.  Form dough into a large ball and plop it into the pot!  Let raise for an hour in warm place (barely heated oven works for me). Bake at 350 for approximately 1 hour, or until top is golden brown and crusty.

Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes in the pot or dutch oven.  Butter the top and remove from pot. Let cool COMPLETELY.  If you cut into the bread too soon, it WILL RUIN the loaf.  After the bread is completely cooled, quarter it and turn each quarter on its side to slice.  This makes great toast to dunk in hot chocolate!

basque bread

Comments

  1. I love this! My kids did too and it didn’t take a lot of time, something I can’t spare right now. Thank you!

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